Firstly, what is Magic?
The Art of causing change in the equilibrium of the subjective universe in order to produce a proportionate change in the equilibrium of the objective universe.
Ritual magic sets the foundation for change in one's life and in one's being. Sometimes the results of ritual magic can occur almost instantly, sometimes it may take months. However there are instances, especially in Greater Magic that involves self-transformation or ascension in which the results can take years to occur.
Make no mistake though, Magic is real - it permeates everything. The trick is not to let your life revolve around Magic, but to let Magic revolve around your life.
Going to church makes you a christian and standing in a garage makes you a car.